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At the heart of the Office in the gospel canticle, the Song of Mary Magnificat : we celebrate the incarnation of the Second Adam, the Word made flesh by a new act of the Spirit in the womb of Mary. As the world was at its evening, so the true light of Christ has been revealed in our midst.

The celebration of the Holy Spirit at work in many different ways in the lives of Christian men and women down the ages, whose examples excite us to holiness, is a sign of the great cloud of witnesses with which we are surrounded. They remind us, who are the Church on earth, of our unity in prayer and fellowship with the Church in heaven and that the liturgy of any particular Christian community, however small, is part of the heavenly liturgy of the angels and saints, as we await the glorious manifestation of Christ at the end of time.

The Calendar has also a wide range of optional commemorations reflecting the history of the Church, local interests and outstanding Christians of the recent past. These need not be given full liturgical observance but may be commemorated simply by a mention in thanksgiving and intercession.

The structure and contents of the Office The local community prayer of each day has been divided into two major Offices, those for the morning and the evening, and two minor Offices for midday and at night.

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At Morning Prayer, after the opening versicles and responses, there may be an acclamation, which is followed by the opening canticle. At Evening Prayer, there is either the Blessing of the Light or versicles and responses, followed by the opening canticle. At Night Prayer, this section may be preceded by an opportunity to reflect upon the past day and an act of penitence. To conclude this section in every Office a hymn may be sung; at Morning and Evening Prayer, this section is concluded with a short prayer.

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This is the heart of the Office. At Morning and Evening Prayer, the gospel canticle with its optional refrain is the climax, bringing together the promises of the Old and New Covenant. Christian non-scriptural readings, drawn from the tradition of the Church or from contemporary sources, may be used in place of a scripture reading, or in addition to it.

In each Office, the reading of scripture is preceded by psalmody. Through the words of the psalms, we come before God and enter into the joys and sorrows, hopes and failures of the People of God representing all humanity and finding its fulfilment in the prayer and praise in the life, death and resurrection of Christ. At Midday Prayer, Psalm is used to meditate upon the law of God, while the gradual psalms may alternate to enhance our awareness of the immanence of God.

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To the proclamation of the word of God, we respond in various ways: in silence for reflection; in canticles of praise drawn from the Old and New Testaments and the tradition of the Church and through the use of a responsory. Any additional prayers and thanksgivings which the community or individuals may wish to offer should be included in this section within the structure of the Office. Thus the realities and concerns of the present moment are gathered up into the prayer of the praying Christ. Celebrating people who have made Parliament a positive, inclusive working environment.

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Prayers Sittings in both Houses begin with prayers. House of Commons The Speaker's Chaplain usually reads the prayers. The form of the main prayer is as follows: "Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit.


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Available for iOS and Android. The Anglican Pastor , a website that explains many aspects of the Anglican tradition in language that is easy to understand.

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The resources page of our sister church in Chicago, Redeemer Anglican Church, has much more information about specific beliefs and teachings of our tradition. Still Point of the Turning World , a blog by Katherine Ruch, affectionately known as Mama Bishop, sharing thoughts on spiritual life, family, and culture. Word and Table , a bi-weekly podcast, managed by Deacon Alex Wilgus, discussions about liturgy, sacrament, and the great tradition of Christian worship and why it is vital in our world today.